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Breidbach man who killed and buried wife in shallow grave denied bail

Sep 11, 2017
Breidbach man who killed and buried wife in shallow grave denied bail

A King Williams Town man, who is accused of killing his wife and hiding her body in a shallow grave under a bed with help from another man was on Monday denied bail by the King Williams Town Magistrate's Court, which postponed the case to the 18th of September.

Everno Baatjies handed himself over to the police over the weekend after community members threatened to burn down his mother's house. He had gone on the run on Thursday last week, when police discovered his missing wife's body burried in a shack outside their house in Breidbach.

His co-accused, Brecht Victor, who also appeared with Baatjies, was arrested on Thursday as Baatjies fled.

Gruesome find

"On Thursday, detectives were investigating a report made on a missing person, Carmellia Baartjies, 36 years old, who was reported missing on Sunday [last week], by her husband - Baartjies," said police spokesperson, Brigadier Marinda Mills.

"Police visited her home in Breidbach where the couple lives.

"Her husband was interviewed to clear up information received from concerned community members about his wife's disappearance." 

Brigadier Mills said that during the interview, police noticed loose soil under a bed in an outside shack.

"The husband was requested to lift up the bed."

"When the detectives decided to further investigate, that is when Baatjies fled the scene.

Members from the King Williams Town K9 Unit, Flying Squad and others, were summoned to assist in looking for the husband, but he successfully avoided arrest.

"The body of the reported missing woman was found lying underneath the bed, in a shallow grave. 

"At the moment, it is not clear as to how she was killed as there was no blood on the body," said Brigadier Mills.

"A case of murder has been opened for investigation."